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Deborah S.

San Francisco, CA, USA

24 reviews

$900 - $1500 / Day

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About Deborah

I am an Emmy winning video journalist and editor. I love to see what's on the other side of the wall. To hear words that shatter all preconceptions. To find connection where all hope seems lost. I am gritty and I do whatever it takes to "get the shot." I am humbled to be allowed into people's journeys of pain and courage, their intimate spaces, and their attempts to survive or build a better existence. This profession gives me a chance to share these experiences with the world, in an effort for us all to understand one another just a little bit more. I specialize in telling stories of social justice issues, people marginalized or misunderstood and the unknown. I have a talent for finding unusual angles and perspectives often overlooked. I am also very adventurous and I love stories that are difficult to get, climbing 100 feet into a tree or trekking through the wilderness. I thrive off getting dirty and risk-taking. I've created news pieces, profile pieces, long-form, human-centered, inspirational stories as well as promotional films and marketing videos.

Top Reviews

  • April 2022

    Deb approached my story and subjects with incredible sensitivity and respect. She was detail oriented with our shot list and communicative about her approach. Highly recommend for any shoots in the Bay Area, Deb is great to work with from start to finish!

    - Allison from CNBC Digital Video

  • July 2018

    Deb is one of the best video journalists I have ever worked with. It is an honor to work with her each time. Her storytelling style is very intimate, raw, and empathy-driven. Looking forward to working with her again very soon.

    - Nesrine from The Lens

  • November 2021

    Deborah is fantastic! She was extremely quick to respond to requests and questions on my project, and did a couple more revisions than we initially planned. I would gladly work with her again!

    - Michael from DuMOL Winery

Top Services

  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    12 reviews
  • Documentary DP

    11 reviews
  • Video Editor - News

    2 reviews

Top Projects

  • Bay Area Bald Girls: It's Not "Just Hair"

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Video Editor - News
    • Field Producer
    • Production Company

    For most women, losing their hair is terrifying. It challenges their very sense of what it is to be a woman. They are expected to hide under wigs. 40 percent of people with hair loss in the U.S. are women. This group of courageous women have come out & live life openly bald, dealing with the stares, comments and insults. They find strength and empowerment with one another.

  • Master Tree Climbing Instructor is Afraid of Heights

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Video Editor - Documentary

    In March people fly from around the world. Tim Kovar leads them up to the crown of a redwood. The only place in the world where you can legally climb an old-growth redwood tree. More people have been to the top of Everest than to the top of a redwood. Trees give “deeper roots, pun intended." Kovar still needs solo “tree-time” once a month, “it’s my church." "Not a thing to do but a place to be."

    Produced for New York Post on Storyhunter

    July 2019

  • 1 Day Shoot w/ SF-Fresno Drive

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    This beautiful Pitbull family got adopted and I had the honor of shooting the mama, Zia, going to her forever home.

    Produced for The Dodo on Storyhunter

    May 2019

  • A Bad Fall - Emmy Winner

    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Documentary DP
    • Field Producer
    • Video Editor - Documentary

    Produced for The Lens, Coy and Bonnie are addicted to heroin and living on the streets of San Francisco. They talk about how they got here and what life it like for them. This is a deep and honest dive into the lives of these two courageous women.

  • Follow Two Transgender People Through a Year of Transitioning

    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Video Editor - News
    • Field Producer
    • Production Company
    • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist

    “Over the moon excited, terrified, scared, emotional.” That’s how Jetta’Mae Carlisle described feeling as her sexual re-assignment surgery got closer. She was assigned male at birth, but felt like she was female since she was a child. Jamie Nelson was already taking testosterone when I met him and preparing for top surgery. I accompanied Carlisle and Nelson for over a year as they transitioned.



  • DSLR or equivalent
  • GoPro or equivalent
  • 4K video camera
  • Multiple cameras


  • External recorder
  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic


  • Lighting kit
  • Stabilizer

All Services


  • Production Company

Production Support

  • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
  • Field Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Corporate Videographer
  • Documentary DP
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist
  • Reporter / Journalist


  • Video Editor - Commercial
  • Video Editor - Documentary
  • Video Editor - News

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